So, a new thing I want to do each month is to review my three beauty box subscriptions: Ipsy, Birchbox, and Boxycharm. I will review each product in each box and compare them with the other products… and then I will let you know which box was the best out of the three. This is a fun way to try some new products and share my opinions with the world…but more importantly, these boxes are now a tax write-off for me. So let’s kick off the “Battle of the Boxes” series with January 2018:
Have you ever heard of Nioxin? It’s a pretty expensive hair treatment line that is formulated to make thin hair thicker. But the question on everyone’s mind is, “Does Nioxin really grow your hair?” or is it all just hype? Here’s what I think…
So ULTA plays these mind tricks on you to get you to spend more money. First they send me an email saying that the new Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette is on sale for 35$. Done. Then they say “you can either spend 7$ on shipping or spend 15$ more to get free shipping”. Done. Then they say “if you buy one more ULTA brand product, you’ll get a free gift bag”. Done. So basically, I got all of this goodness for just 65$ and I’m pretty excited about it. Here’s what I think about some of the key products from my March 2017 ULTA haul….
The other day, somebody mentioned to me that he had just learned that Paul Mitchell and Patron were owned by the same person. True? Partially. Let me explain….
Paul Mitchell was founded by two young entrepreneurs in 1980. The iconic hairstylist, Cyril Mitchell (who later went by the name Paul Mitchell) and John Paul DeJoria started the world-famous Paul Mitchell hair product line with just 700$ and a dream. The business office originally consisted of just a P.O. Box and a message recording. They sold only the most basic products: shampoo one, shampoo two and the conditioner.
Have you ever looked at a shampoo bottle and read the phrase “sulfate free”? Odds are you’ve seen this term before as it has become a pretty popular phrase. A lot of shampoo and other beauty products are starting to list this term on their bottles, as people are generally wanting to use less and less of products containing sulfates. But what are sulfates? If you’ve wondered this question before, then you’ve come to the right place. I’d like to
explain what sulfates are and why you should avoid them.
What Are Sulfates?
Scientifically, sulfates are synthetic ingredients partially based on sulfur, which is derived from petrolatum or other sources. The largest part of the molecule comes from lauryl alcohol, which is derived from coconut oil or other plants. To make sulfates, lauryl alcohol is reacted with sulfuric acid. Sulfur can be found naturally on earth, but for manufacturing it’s generally produced using petrolatum (BetterHealthMag).